Between a raucous start & finish, Now's third album for Clinical Archives, "pileofskyhighmiles", captures a selection of sensitive, carefully crafted experimental pop tunes & is the least studio-manipulated of Now's albums. Minimal, yet varied, the songs capture a process of organic recording & collaborative song-writing, more closely reflecting the band's live sound.
Since their foundation in 1998, Now have released eight albums, contributed exclusive tracks to many compilations, collaborated with underground musicians (such as Damo Suzuki, leading to the release of the joint album "The London Evening News", Charles Hayward & The Go! Team's Kaori Tsuchida) & have played inside & outside the UK, including a 2009 Japan tour (released as "Ooo-doo-sigh" by Clinical Archives) & regular visits to Norway. Live, Now move between melodic songs & energetic improvisation. Now could be described as catchy, contemporary, inventive, exotic, melodious, harmonious & disharmonious 21st century pop music.
May 28, 2017 Subject:
An instance of indie music genuinely deserving its tag
first of all, happy birthday (60th jubilee) and best wishes to Mark E. Smith, the core of the Fall and the legendary figure within the post-punk and alternative rock movement during the last four decades. He has been considered a bit misanthropic in his songwriting which is sobering with regard to the visions of futurologists and philosophers to alleviate desperation of the masses. For instance, I am very sceptical about Elon Musk's plan to organise first flights around the Moon in 2018. Of course, I can principally agree with the statement we have entered into the dèbut de siècle of biotechnological human being within the virtual world which arguably allows us to cross the borders of territories we have not reached yet. I think it is not going to happen in the near future of a couple of decades. I think music is the best rocket to make it happen in our fantasies. And postmodernism is still the cultural magnetic field we are not able to abandon because of being a stripe in our DNA. For instance, one way is to step backwards to approach Now, the 9-notch outing by NOW. Being released on a cult imprint, Clinical Archives, it is a fine drift between different styles similarly to the Fall. More profoundly, one can partake by moving from synth-heavy space pop to minimal post-rock numbers to droning avant-pop terrains. With It is something about a crossroad of how to match the motorik impulse of krautrock with downbeat tendencies. It might remind of an early Stereolab at the time of recording and issuing Mars Audiac Quintet (for instance, at I4Me, and A Good Natured Serpent) and a new wave of krautrockers from cities of the Ruhr area in Germany in the 90s and the 00s. Through it one can hear the influences of an early Kraftwerk, and Neu! (it does not surprise at all, isn`t?). On the other hand, at Lonely Chair you can perceive the influences of bedroom and lo-fi and DIY aesthetic as well. All in all, it is a top notch by any means. The trio from the UK must have been an outstanding group because of having collaborated and shared the stage with such underground music juggernauts as Damo Suzuki, Faust, Circle, Tunng, Psapp, Rothko, Plaid, A Hawk And A Hacksaw among others.